TLC’s Sweet Home Sextuplets follows the lives of spouses Courtney and Eric Waldrop and their nine children, which includes, of course, a set of sextuplets. According to an announcement from the network, the series was unprecedented given that cameras began following the family before the babies arrived. "Our viewers get to see exactly what it’s like to experience such a life-altering moment in its entirety, going from a family of five all the way through expanding to a family of eleven," said Howard Lee, TLC’s president and general manager. As TLC, the home of the once huge hit Jon and Kate Plus 8, hoped, Sweet Home Sextuplets resonated with viewers, leading the network to bring the show back for a second season in 2019.
Loyal fans who’ve watched the Waldrops since the series premiere in September 2018 have witnessed the family experience a myriad of moments — both heartwarming and hectic — and yet there is still a lot to learn about this extraordinary family. Read on to discover the untold truth of Sweet Home Sextuplets.
Sweet Home Sextuplets’ Eric and Courtney Waldrop have known each other since middle school
TLC’s announcement for Sweet Home Sextuplets described Eric and Courtney Waldrop as "childhood sweethearts," and that’s no exaggeration. In the series’ debut, reported In Touch Weekly, the couple revealed they were both eighth-grade students attending middle school when they first met each other. The two have been together ever since, with Eric proposing to Courtney during their final year of college when they were both studying at Alabama’s Auburn University. One month after they graduated in May 2004, the couple headed to the altar.
In early 2019, the Waldrops celebrated 22 years together, sharing their happiness in a sweet Instagram post. "Happy 22 years to the love of my life and best friend," wrote Courtney in the caption. "God knew He would give us nine little angels one day!! And God knew I needed this man to be my rock and my strength…"
How the Sweet Home Sextuplets stars wound up having six children at once
Sweet Home Sextuplets couple Courtney and Eric Waldrop were already parents of son Saylor when they made the decision to have a second child. According to TLC, a subsequent attempt ended in a miscarriage, leading Courtney’s doctor to diagnose her with a clotting disorder that complicates pregnancy. As a result, the couple turned to fertility treatments and in early 2012, they welcomed twin boys Wales and Bridge.
In 2017, the couple decided the time was right to add a fourth child to their brood, but this time they decided to forgo medical treatment. Courtney quickly became pregnant, but once again miscarried. "It was devastating because I can get pregnant so easily, I just can’t hold on to them," she told People. "It was upsetting, but we had experienced it before and I knew I had a medical issue that contributed to it."
They once again turned to their doctor, who put Courtney on a low-dose fertility treatment that was supposed to minimize the possibility of having more than two babies. That, however, didn’t prove to be the case. When she ultimately became pregnant, the couple learned they were expecting not one baby, but six.